Importing mails to Windows Vista from Outlook Express / Windows 98

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Kevin L, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Kevin L

    Kevin L Guest

    I have been using Outlook Express 5 on my old Windows 98 Computer and now
    have Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 on my new Windows Vista Computer

    I have transferred the dbx files onto the new computer and they are sitting
    on my desktop.

    I want to import these but the 'import and export' command on the file menu
    wont seem to pick these up (although it has successfully picked up addresses
    I was transferring). The set up of this menu item does not seem to be the
    same in my version of office outlook to that referred to on the various help
    points on the web.

    Can anyone help?
     
    Kevin L, Oct 17, 2007
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  2. The problem is that there is no Outlook Express on your Vista machine and
    Windows Mail doesn't know how to do anything with a .DBX file but import it.
    The best way to handle this would probably be to import everything from your
    OE .DBX files into Windows Mail, then use WM's export feature to transfer
    everything into Outlook 2007.

    Hal
    --
    Hal Hostetler, CPBE --
    Senior Engineer/MIS -- MS MVP-Print/Imaging -- WA7BGX
    http://www.kvoa.com -- "When News breaks, we fix it!"
    KVOA Television, Tucson, AZ. NBC Channel 4
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    Hal Hostetler [MVP P/I], Oct 17, 2007
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  3. see
    http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#oe2wm
     
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, Oct 18, 2007
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  4. Kevin L

    Kevin L Guest

    Thank you.

    I tried opening Windows Mail and importing as you suggested. However it
    failed to pick up the files - I got a message saying 'No messages can be
    found in the folder or another application is running which has the required
    files open'

    Nothing else is running which is remotely related (I have closed down my
    outlook express) so I presume it just cant see the dbx files.

    Incidentally Windows Mail import only gives me the options of importing from
    Outlook expres 6 while I have Outlook Express 5. is this the problem perhaps?
     
    Kevin L, Oct 18, 2007
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  5. When you try to import, navigate only to the folder containing the .DBX
    files, don't open the folder. Complete instructions for moving data from
    OE to Wm are here:

    http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#oe2wm
    How do I back up my files and settings?

    OE 5.x and 6.x use the same file structures, so selecting OE 6 is correct.
    When you have everything transferred to WM, use it to export to Outlook; you
    can use either the Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange export selection,
    they both do the same thing.

    Hal
    --
    Hal Hostetler, CPBE --
    Senior Engineer/MIS -- MS MVP-Print/Imaging -- WA7BGX
    http://www.kvoa.com -- "When News breaks, we fix it!"
    KVOA Television, Tucson, AZ. NBC Channel 4
    Live at Hot Licks - www.badnewsbluesband.com
     
    Hal Hostetler [MVP P/I], Oct 19, 2007
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  6. Kevin L

    Kevin L Guest

    Thank you very much. This helped me resolve it. First time around I had not
    copied across folders.dbx, which the complete instructions pointed out was
    necessary.
     
    Kevin L, Oct 22, 2007
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